Nachos are the ultimate indulgent snack food. They are loaded with melted cheese, smothered in sour cream, and packed full of heavy ground beef. But if you’re in the mood for the popular snack, is there a way to make a healthier version without sacrificing the toppings and flavors that you crave? We’ve compiled a list of healthy tips and ingredient swaps so you can indulge in your favorite treat without any waistline worries.
Traditional nachos are made with full-fat ground beef. Try swapping that out for a lean ground beef, ground turkey, or simply opt for a vegetarian version with beans. Another option is to use grilled and sliced chicken or turkey. Another tip is to use reduced-fat cheese instead of regular cheese. You can also try mixing in lower fat cheese like feta and skim ricotta instead of traditional cheddar. Instead of the heavy sour cream, load up on the guacamole and fresh salsa or try using plain Greek yogurt. Sliced peppers, onions, and jalapeños also add flavor and spice without many calories. Opt for whole wheat tortilla chips or baked pita chips for a healthier crunch.
Don’t avoid your favorite foods, just make them healthier with some of these tips. These easy ingredient swaps will leave you with tons of flavor and indulgence without the added fat and calories. Do yourself and your waistline a favor, try these healthy nacho recipes and you might even treat yourself to a second helping.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.